Ava Kay Defonzo
Education: University of Florida & Middle Tennessee State University, I/O Psychology
Employer: SAP SuccessFactors
Position: Engineering Manager
Goals: To always believe there is good in the world and everyday learn and live to #bethegood. Michelle Boyd DeJong defined Fighter as “A fighter is a person who works their butt off, doesn’t give up easily, and continually fights or at least tried their hardest despite incredible obstacles.” As the Fighter Award recipient in 2015-2016, I hope to honor Michelle Boyd DeJong’s definition of a Fighter and continue to promote her legacy in High Hopes in High Heels and within the Tampa Bay community.
As a 4th generation Floridian, Ava Kay grew up in Fort Pierce, Fl, attended the University of Florida for undergrad and moved to middle Tennessee to pursue her graduate degree at MTSU. After a great start to her career in Nashville TN, Ava Kay moved to Tampa in 2011 to be closer to family and be back in the Sunshine State. Ava Kay joined High Hopes in High Heels in 2012 and knows after moving to Tampa, joining HHIHH is one of the best decisions she made. Ava Kay has had the opportunity to meet a group of extraordinary women that volunteer their time, inspire others and advocate volunteering for local charities throughout Tampa Bay and feels lucky to call so many of them her close friends. Ava Kay enjoys working with HHIHH and learning how to be a female leader empowering others & a living example of #bethegood. In her spare time she enjoys going to Gator Football games, traveling the world, spending time with family and going on new adventures with family & friends.